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La Guitarra Festival

La Guitarra Festival

Cal Poly Arts invites you to the exciting 2017 La Guitarra California Festival, Sept. 22-24 – three days filled with many memorable sights and unforgettable sounds. A truly international festival, Festival artists come from the United States, China, England, Argentina, France, Russia, Italy, Turkey and Sweden!

This year’s La Guitarra Festival will feature 14 internationally-acclaimed artists in 10 concerts, five masterclasses, free outdoor concerts on Sept. 23 performed by The Incendio Guitar Duo and on Sept. 24 with the Santa Maria High School Guitar Orchestra, two guitar auctions, an exhibit of guitar-themed art, and an extensive cross-section of guitar makers displaying their instruments in the Vendor Fair.


Don’t miss Opening Night at the Festival, September 22!

This is the Festival’s 18th year and we are honored to dedicate the 2017 Festival to American maestro Christopher Parkening.

The evening begins with a 7 p.m. concert by Russian virtuoso Rovshan Mamedkuliev, followed by a video on Mr. Parkening’s life and career. Then he will be presented with the La Guitarra Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by a brief recital by Mr. Parkening with renowned baritone, Jubilant Sykes. Nuvi Mehta will be Master of Ceremonies.

Festival concerts and master classes: BUY TICKETS

Opening night concert sponsored by Barbara Bell, Barbara Boom & Joe Schwartz, M.D. in memory of Roland Dyens, Pearl & Mitchell Forman, Susan and Neal Poteet, City of San Luis Obispo, KCBX 90.1 FM, and Quality Suites/SLO

Additional Festival sponsors include: Dr. Charles H. Dana, Jr., Andi & Jeff Portney, Tom & Susan Stenovec, KUSC 93.7, La Cuesta Inn and Savarez Strings


2017 Festival Schedule

Concerts include a 15-minute intermission

Friday, September 22

2:00-4:00 pm Masterclass with Johannes Möller

Philips Hall
4:30-6:30 pm Masterclass with Marc Teicholz

Philips Hall
Cohan Center

Rovshan Mamedkuliev, concert

- 15-minute intermission -

Video presentation, “A Celebration of Christopher Parkening”

Christopher Parkening
, guitar with Jubilant Sykes, baritone

Saturday, September 23

9-11 am Masterclass with Christopher Parkening

Philips Hall
11 am-6 pm Vendor Fair & Guitar Art Exhibit

The Pavillion
11:30 am Celil Refik Kaya, concert

Spanos Theatre
1:30 pm Jérémy Jouve, concert

Spanos Theatre
3:15-3:45 pm Incendio Duo Guitar Concert
Spanos Courtyard
4 pm Jason Vieaux, concert

Spanos Theatre
7 pm Meng Su, concert
Spanos Theatre

Sunday, September 24

9-11 am Masterclass with Martha Masters

Philips Hall
10:45 - 11:15 am
Spanos Courtyard

11 am-4:30 pm
Santa Maria High School Guitar Orchestra, Free Concert

Vendor Fair & Guitar Art Exhibit

The Pavillion
11:30 am Masterclass with Jason Vieaux

Philips Hall
2 pm Marc Teicholz, concert

Spanos Theatre
4 pm Johannes Möller & Laura Fraticelli, concert

Spanos Theatre